Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Italian Premiere

We are very honored to announce that Italy’s National Association of Music Critics has awarded Pascal Dusapin’s Medeamaterial (Teatro Comunale di Bologna) the prestigious Franco Abbiati Prize for the best Italian Premiere of 2017.

Piia Komsi, who performed the titular role Medea, has previously received outstanding reviews:
Excellent International Reviews for Finnish Coloratura Soprano Piia Komsi

Photograph (c) Rocco Casaluci

As part of Bologna Modern 2017, the contemporary music theatre Medeamaterial – by French composer Pascal Dusapin and with libretto by the German poet, writer and dramatist Heiner Müller, was combined with the 1775 one-act play Medea by Georg Benda.

The Italian premiere took place at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, October 11th – 12th, 2017

MEDEAMATERIAL by Pascal Dusapin
Opera libretto by Heiner Mueller (1992) for soprano, voice quartet, chorus and orchestra

Medea: Piia Komsi
Jason: Paul Suter

Quartetto vocale
Gabriella Costa, soprano
Sabina Martin, soprano
Katarzyna Otczyk, mezzosoprano
Konstantin Derri, controtenore
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Direttore: Marco Angius
Ideazione e regia: Pamela Hunter